Chief executives and managing directors needed to understand that discontent among their employees could be a sign that they have been asked contribute too much for too little and for too long, added the Cheshire based leadership expert.
“From the Credit Crunch to the full blown recession, we’ve all been under tremendous pressure for a long time now,” added Ruth from the Chester HQ of her consultancy blue pea POD. “Many workers have seen jobs fly out of the window while hoping their wages are safe.
“Scared employees have been asked to do more, or work for less or both and often agreed to poorer conditions in the hope that they win job security. But that level of stress over that length of time takes its toll.
“And its not surprising that some workers and their unions have said enough is enough. They may have decided that they’ve given enough and, in extreme cases, may see industrial action as a means of improving their lot.
“Good leaders, however, would recognise these signs of employee stress and burn out and would have dealt with it in the most effective way – by truly engaging their workforce.
“This means being up-front with your team, keeping them fully informed of conditions and events that are challenging the company and making them feel like part of a bigger team.
“That approach is part and parcel of leading with integrity. Employees recognise integrity in their leaders and will respond more positively to them. This type of leader can really engage with his or her employees and identify and deal with potential discontent.
“Unfortunately, these skills are not the norm. But those business leaders who work on their skills are far less likely to be affected by another winter of discontent.”
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